WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaks are springing. Trial balloons are floating. Egos are being stroked. Wanna-bes are auditioning. And, chances are, lies are being told.
Somewhere, amid all of the shenanigans, Republican Mitt Romney is considering his choices for a running mate.
The secrecy that shrouds the selection of a modern presidential running mate has given rise to political sideshows that play out in public while the more serious search operation takes place at a largely subterranean level.
The lack of public information creates an opening for all sorts of political gamesmanship, including self-promotion by short-listers who aren't on the short list at all and denials by actual short-listers who feign nonchalance.
That makes it hard for voters to know what's real and what's simply for show. Which is just fine with Romney.